French — LPs

XClassic sounds from France -- a mix of chanson, French pop, Saravah sounds, and more -- work from Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Fontaine, France Gall, and others!

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Michel LegrandLes Parapluies De Cherbourg ... LP
Philips (France), 1965. Very Good- ... $8.99
Fantastic! This is the French pressing of the Michel Legrand score to Jaques Demy's incredible 1965 film The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg. Every word of dialogue in the film is sung, and Legrand came up with an amazing array of themes to carry the emotion of the film. Embedded in here are lines that later became worldwide hits – like "I Will Wait For You" and "Watch What Happens" – but in this version, the songs are just themes in the huge pastiche of dialogue and narrative, and they lurk behind the score in a beautiful way. This is one of our favorite all-time soundtracks, and this French version has a very lovely cover with Catherine Deneuve standing amidst some umbrellas! (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Canadian pressing with deep groove.)

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Francis Lai/Pierre Barouh/Nicole Croisille13 Jours En France ... LP
Saravah (France), 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $49.99
Genius work from French composer Francis Lai – one of his greatest soundtracks ever, and done during the same period as Live For Life and A Man & A Woman! The feel here is very similar to the work of those films – and was also done for a project directed by Claude Lelouch – and as on A Man & A Woman, both Pierre Barouh and Nicole Croisille sing vocals on the session, bringing a really groovy vocal touch to the set! The tunes range from broadly sweeping and soaring numbers, to others that have a bouncy French pop feel – and Lai really comes through with some beautiful instrumentation for the set, especially on a few of the tracks that feature organ! There's 3 versions of the great track "Killy", an anthemic ditty that's sung by Nicole Croisille, and played again on solo organ – and other tracks include "Descente", "Peggy", and "13 Jours En France". Great great stuff, and a soundtrack that we're really excited to have! (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Claude FrancoisComme D'Habitude ... LP
Philips/Elemental (France), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Very groovy work from French singer Claude Francois – and a set that's got all the mod touches you might expect from his image on the cover! Claude gets some strong UK help here from arrangers Reg Guest and David Whitaker, who both give the tunes a nice sort of London punch – some complicated elements from time to time, including a few nice trippy touches – but a bottom groove on most numbers, thanks to some perfect use of electric bass in the rhythms! A few tunes are remakes of English numbers, sung by Claude with French lyrics – and titles include "La Martien", "Pardon", "Rien Rien Rien", "Ma Fille", "Mais Quand Le Matin", and "Ce Soir Je Vais Boire" – plus "Comme D'Habitude", which is the original version of "My Way". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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